By: Paige Hubbard
Mayor Turned participated in the Christmas Eve unity in the community event hosted by gallery furniture’s Jim “Mattress Mack” along with his daughters Laura and Elizabeth McIngvale and other public figures from the city of Houston.
“it’s such a blessing to see the mayor out here with Mattress Mack and other volunteers, it’s a real blessing that they give back here in Houston, we’re a giving city,” said one of the attendees of the event.
The event was held at Sunny Side multipurpose center on the southeast side of Houston. Over 200 families gathered for a day of fun filled with food trucks, face painting, and some even got a chance to dance alongside the mayor.
“They feed families they support family’s, Hurricane Harvey can’t say it enough but even before Harvey it has been a constant everyday event and that’s what Houston is all about that’s the sort of support we have,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Mattress Mack has been giving back to the Houston community for years. We think back to hurricane Harvey when he opened the doors of his furniture store to dozens of flood victims without hesitation, today he continued his trend of giving back donating winter coats to families in the Sunny Side area.
“My favorite part about the holidays is everybody wants getting together with goodwill and unity in the community I think that’s what the holidays are all about,” said Jim McInvale.
Former NFL player and Houston native Vince Young was in attendance, as well as Police Chief Art Acevedo who got the, got the crowd hype before they opened the gates to the public.
Overall the event showcased what the holiday season is about. Families were able to come together to spend time on Christmas Eve. Public figures from the city were able to give back to the community and spread a little
“I just think this is a wonderful thing that the city of Houston is doing for our community and this is it this season four and giving back makes the world a better place,” said Shawna Farooq native Houstonian and business owner.